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Clerk indicted in theft

A grand jury on Monday indicted longtime Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord in connection with more than $140,000 in missing funds.

March 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Home expo set for this weekend

Anyone looking to make improvements to their current home or build a new one will find a variety of innovative ideas and demonstrations this weekend at the inaugural North Georgia Home Expo.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


New businesses closer to locating in Dawson

New businesses are steps closer to locating in Dawson County.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County to share cost of audit

It's been nearly two months since the Dawson County commission approved a contract with the local humane society to care for stray animals.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Tree committee honors county facilities staff

When the Dawson County facilities staff planted a Willow Oak Tree at Rock Creek Park for the annual Arbor Day celebration last Friday, they had no idea the tree they planted would be dedicated in their honor.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Snow blankets county

Emergency officials braced for the worst Friday, when as much as 4 inches of snow fell across some areas of Dawson County.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rep. Amerson answers questions from residents

The state's current economic climate topped the list of concerns late last month when State Representative Amos Amerson sat down with constituents for breakfast.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Flag football tourney benefits local youth

The Dawson County Jaycees is looking for a few more teams for the inaugural Chili Bowl and Flag Football Tournament next month.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials want clerk out

The Dawson County commission voted Friday to file a petition in Superior Court to remove longtime Clerk of Superior Court Becky McCord from office.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville woman died of natural causes

A cardiac condition was determined to be the cause of death of a woman who died last week in her car in western Dawson County

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clerk of court arrested

Dawson County's longtime clerk of Superior Court has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $119,000 from the county over the last five years.

February 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville woman is first traffic fatality in 2010

An autopsy is scheduled for a Dawsonville woman who died after a wreck Tuesday in western Dawson County.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Court offers free weddings, renewals

With Valentine's Day on Sunday, many men and women are trying to come up with the perfect gift that tells their loved one how much they care.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Expansion complete

Almost two decades have passed since a group of Dawson County women set up shop in a small basement on the outskirts of town in an effort to collect clothes and food for local individuals in need.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing money probe expands

Local authorities have expanded their investigation into money missing from the Dawson County Clerk of Court's office and involved the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the matter.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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